How to Apply Venetian Plaster Using the "Vivaldi - Stucky" System
by La Calce Del Brenta
A user friendly Venetian plaster system for stunning saturated
1. Substrate Preparation:
Ensure your substrate is smooth, flat and level.
This step is one of the most important and often overlooked. Any voids
or high areas will cause those blemishes to polish more than the surrounding
Tape off any trim or adjoining walls not receiving
Prime the wall with preferably an oil based (low
odor, quick dry) primer or other approved primer. This step isolates
the substrate from the Venetian finish which will ensure even suction
of the finish material across the surface.
2. Base Coat:
Apply a base coat of Preludio
using a paint roller. This coarser material provides a base for the
Venetian plaster to adhere to.
Alternatively a good quality acrylic primer mixed with silica sand will
Let dry and sand lightly with 100 grit paper
and block to smooth surface.
While the second coat is still wet apply a third
thin finish coat.
Before the final coat dries, polish the finish
with the same Pavan 824 Finsh Trowel
stainless steel trowel used in application. Tip 1: Keep this trowel clean and burr free.
To ensure a scratch free finish, polish the trowels blade with 800 and
1000 grit sandpaper. This is essential even with new factory polished
blades. Tip 2: A smaller trowel will provide more
pressure for polishing.
Tip 3: Have a second person polish the surface while the
finish applicator is still applying the final finish coat.
5. Wax & Sealing:
If increased gloss or
water protection is desired apply a Lixia wax